The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control’s (DACC) Administration Building is located at 5898 Cherry Avenue in Long Beach, adjacent to a parking lot belonging to a McDonalds restaurant. Alongside the south wall of DACC headquarters is a narrow strip of grass where Marcia Mayeda walks her Great Pyrenees dogs who frequently accompany her to work on the rare days that she decides to work a full day at her $238,000 per year job. This strip of grass occasionally was littered upon and used as a sleeping place for homeless people. Mayeda was distressed that her prized pets did not have a clean place to go to the bathroom – so she ordered that a fence be built to keep the riff raff out.
A chain link fence was not good enough for Mayeda’s dogs. Instead Mayeda ordered a great big fence that would make Donald Trump proud, made of wrought iron at a cost of sixty thousand dollars – which she charged to Los Angeles County taxpayers. Pictures of the fence and her dogs at their new taxpayer financed private dog park are featured on Mayeda’s Facebook page – and for those of you who would rather choke to death than send a friend request to Mayeda and thus be identified as a friend of the Great Pet Killer (650,000 and still counting) we have attached a screenshot of the fence below.
Last month both the Baldwin Park and Carson Shelters ran out of both wet dog and cat food for an extended period of time. Senior pets, nursing mothers and young puppies were deprived of the nutrition they needed because Marcia Mayeda, the head of the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) refused to purchase needed food. As a result many of these pets got sick and were euthanized because her facilities often prefer to euthanize rather than treat sick pets. The cost of the needed food was far less than $60,000.
We have not been to the new Palmdale Shelter, but the other six Los Angeles County Shelters have poorly equipped veterinary clinics. None of them have blood test machines – and as a result many ill pets are either not treated or euthanized. The cost of each of these blood machines is less than $10,000.
Since the financial meltdown of 2008 the DACC’s budget has been repeatedly slashed. The shelters have been asked to do more with less funds. They have had been asked to cut every place possible and positions have been axed. There are not enough kennel attendants and volunteers are often asked to fill in for the understaffed shelters. The starting salary for a kennel attendant is $33,216. “We could have had nearly two kennel attendants working for a whole year providing care – but instead all we have is a fucking fence,” commented one disgruntled DACC admin employee.
We asked a highly placed DACC official for their take on Mayeda’s fence and the response we received was surprising. “Mayeda runs the second smallest department of Los Angeles County, but wields far greater power than her position should dictate,” the official stated. When asked how she amassed the power the official replied, “she has a close and personal relationship with Mike Antonovich, behind closed doors – and you can read into it what you want to.”
Mayeda’s being an accessory to the murder of jogger Pamela DeVitt in Littlerock, lying in front of the Board of Supervisors, illegally euthanizing pets, consistently leaving work early, and cheating the taxpayers for some reason does not alarm Los Angeles County’s elected officials.
But it doesn’t.
Mike Antonovich terms out this year and will be replaced. We hope he takes Marcia Mayeda with him.
“Ms. Mayeda tear down this fence!!!” – Ronald Reagan September 16, 2016 from beyond his grave.